The Gift of the Spirit

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 8:15 also says at conversion that we “received” the Spirit of adoption)
— Acts 2:38

What is the difference between the baptism of the spirit and the gift of the spirit? The baptism of the spirit was the once and for all outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the New Testament church at Pentecost (Acts 2). The gift of the Spirit is when the Holy Spirit comes upon an individual believer at conversion once and for all. The above passages define the term "gift" (or "receiving" which you do to a gift) in regards to what happens when someone is converted which is receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit at conversion. When you were saved you received the gift of the Spirit, never to be taken away, even though we can grieve or quench the Spirit and reduce His presence and activity in our lives through sin and a lack of faith. For this very reason I also do not believe that a believer can be "possessed" by a demon (because they are possessed by the Holy Spirit, who would not share that space), however a Christian can be "oppressed" by a demon, but that is a different topic and devotional.

The main point is this: have you been converted? If so then you have received the precious gift of the Holy Spirit in your life. If you look at your life and honestly assess the situation and come to the conclusion that you do not see any evidence of the presence or work of the Holy Spirit in your life, then you are not a Christian, even if you have been around church a good deal. You must cry out to God and receive the New Heart, New Righteousness, and New Jesus Life that only the Holy Spirit can bring (Ezekiel 36). If you are a believer, then you can simultaneously rest in knowing that Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5) and neither will the Holy Spirit, and also that you need to cultivate more of His presence, power, and gifts in your life, which is a great thing to work on today!

In Prayer Today:

Thank the Holy Spirit directly in prayer for His presence in your life.